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Reading's Tree Lighting Celebration was another wonderful community event

When talking about the town of Reading, the first word that always comes to mind is “community”.  Reading’s community is by far the strongest around which is why it’s such a sought after town to live in.  No time of year displays this sense of community more than the holiday season.

For years, it’s been a tradition that the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the Chamber of Commerce hosts a Tree Lighting Ceremony on the common.  Everyone gathers around to await the arrival of none other than the big guy in the red suit. He receives a police escort down Main Street and then begins the countdown to light the common which kicks off the beginning of this magical season.

That is only a piece of it though.  Horse drawn carriages adorned in sleigh bells are brought in to stroll through the town, boy and girls of all ages wait in line to visit Santa at Reading Co-operative Bank to share their latest list of wishes while the high school band and choir entertain with endless holiday favorites to keep the spirit alive.  Local businesses share in the festivities as well; Venetian Moon sets up a hot chocolate station to warm up everyone, Doyon’s Modern Appliance hands out endless balloons for the kids and various businesses donate a live ice sculpture carving. It truly brings the community together to share in this holiday tradition.

When you need to take a break from the festivities and get started with that long holiday list, there’s plenty of shops in town to find the perfect gift.  Aine’s, a locally owned boutique has gifts for that special someone or that perfect outfit for yourself.  Located right around the corner is Tin Bucket.  This new hidden gem features paint parties for all ages in addition to artisan inspired gifts. Reading has lots of locally owned shops that gives it that small town feel.

To learn more about living in Reading and homes on the market, contact Lori Keefe at True North Realty at or 781.724.2855.

The Holiday Tree Lights are on for the Season!


The Kids were happy to see Santa 


Local Store Tin Bucket was ready to deliver letters to Santa

Ice Sculpture was a new addition and a big hit!